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1882/83 RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
7 OCT Langley Mill Temperance W5-1
18 NOV Ironville Excelsior L1-3
25 NOV Nottingham Swifts L0-6
2 DEC Stanton By Dale L0-1
9 DEC LANGLEY MILL TEMPERANCE L0-1
16 DEC GOLDEN VALLEY L0-1
30 DEC Long Eaton Wanderers L0-2
6 JAN Golden Valley L0-1
3 FEB Kimberley Literary Institute L1-3
17 FEB Sandiacre Amateurs W2-0
24 FEB SANDIACRE AMATEURS W4-0
3 MAR LANGLEY MILL TEMPERANCE W4-1 SEWELL 4
24 MAR KIMBERLEY LITERARY INSTITUTE W5-4
27 MAR NOTTINGHAM SWIFTS L4-7 SEWELL 2, WALKER, STONE
31 MAR IRONVILLE EXCELSIOR W4-2
7 APR LONG EATON WANDERERS L0-2


MECHANICS MAUL MILL
28TH OCTOBER 1882
LANGLEY MILL TEMPERANCE 1 ILKESTON MECHANICS 5
This was a historic occasion, a football match being played by two clubs for the first time in both of their histories. Ten players appeared on each side with Ilkeston adopting a 1-2-6 formation against the understrength hosts, and the Mechanics attacking intent was too much for the home side. Fred Paling was a prominent figure in most of Ilkeston's goals but it is unknown if he scored any of them.

FRED GETS A SOAKING
18TH NOVEMBER 1882
IRONVILLE EXCELSIOR 3 ILKESTON MECHANICS 1
Ilkeston strove valliantly against stronger and more experienced opponents and kept themselves in the game for a long time despite conceding a goal inside the first minute. The pitch, which had thawed following an overnight frost, was a tricky one and the Mechanics had no time to adapt before falling behind. Ilkeston lacked a natural finisher and they had to be at the top of their game defensively to avoid falling further behind, but nevertheless they managed to draw level before half-time.
The Mechanics' chances of getting a positive result arguably disappeared early in the second half when Fred Paling accidentally fell into the River Erewash which ran alongside the pitch. Too cold and wet to continue, Paling needed to leave the field to get changed into a dry set of clothing, and Ilkeston were left a man short. Ironville took full advantage to score twice whilst Ilkeston had a goal disallowed when William Shakspeare was adjudged to have fouled the home 'keeper after he had saved T. Riley's shot. Some reports recorded that the goal stood, but this was not the case. The result was a fair one overall, the home side's more accurate passing being the main difference between the teams. 

GLOOMY OUTLOOK
25TH NOVEMBER 1882
NOTTINGHAM SWIFTS 6 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
Swifts fielded a mainly second string eleven but were still far too good for Ilkeston who were outplayed. Swifts scored twice in the first half and added four more after half time. Ilkeston 'keeper Joseph Tilson, along with many present, appeared to have difficulty in seeing the ball as the light deteriorated as the game went on.

MECHS FAIL BY DALE
2ND DECEMBER 1882
STANTON BY DALE 1 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
No report available.

FIRST HOME GAME ENDS IN DEFEAT
9TH DECEMBER 1882
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 LANGLEY MILL TEMPERANCE 1
A hard surface caused by frozen snow greeted the players, watched by a good crowd who had flocked to Shaw's Field to watch the first match staged in Ilkeston. The supporters generated a good atmosphere which transmitted itself to the players who in turn provided a competitive game played at a fast and furious pace. Ilkeston kicked towards the cemetary in the first half and put on some early pressure before the game became more evenly balanced as play switched from end to end. However, it was Langley Mill who scored, with their first clear chance.
Ilkeston, kicking down the hill after half time, were well on top after half time. A mixture of heroic defending and the lack of a natural finisher kept the Mechanics at bay. To rub salt in the wounds, Ilkeston had a goal disallowed.

NOT SO GOLDEN FOR MECHANICS
16TH DECEMBER 1882
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 GOLDEN VALLEY 1
Despite good individual performances from Joseph Tilson in goal, Fred Paling, William Shakspeare and F. Riley, the Mechanics still went down 1-0 at home in this 12-a-side match.

BLOWN AWAY
30TH DECEMBER 1882
LONG EATON WANDERERS 2 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
Played in very bad weather, Ilkeston lost this game in the first half when they were kicking against the wind. Two goals adrift going into the second half the Mechanics fought strongly after the break but couldn't find a way back.

IMPROVEMENT BRINGS NO REWARDS
6TH JANUARY 1883
GOLDEN VALLEY 1 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
Ilkeston had the disadvantage of kicking uphill in the first half of this 12-a-side game but still managed to do the bulk of the attacking, only to find the home 'keeper in fine form. The closest they got to a goal was when William Sewell's fine cross eluded everyone including the forwards.
After half time the Mechanics continued to press but had no luck in front of goal. Their pressure subsided when Golden Valley became more physical in their approach. Following a number of corners the home team grabbed the winner thanks to an own goal. Golden Valley's rough tactics led to Fred Paling, who had played very well along with Phil Straw, sustaining a nasty injury late on. Despite the result, this was arguably Ilkeston's best performance to date.

WIDDOWSON WINS IT FOR KIMBERLEY
3RD FEBRUARY 1883
KIMBERLEY LITERARY INSTITUTE 3 ILKESTON MECHANICS 1
An under strength Ilkeston team put on a decent show in this 12-a-side match, but they were undone by the fine play of Kimberley's Widdowson who was the main difference between the teams. Played in a spirit which matched the fine weather, the game saw Ilkeston do the early attacking before it fluctuated from end to end. Nevertheless it was the Mechanics who took the lead with a scrambled goal. Kimberley sprung into life following this setback but were unable to get back on level terms before the break.
Ilkeston changed tactics after half time and tried to sit on their lead but the move backfired. The dangerous Widdowson had a hand in two of the home team's goals although it was an own goal which provided Kimberley their winner, as it had done for Golden Valley in the previous game.

ILKESTON'S AWAY DAY JOY
17TH FEBRUARY 1883
SANDIACRE AMATEURS 0 ILKESTON MECHANICS 2
Ilkeston travelled to Sandiacre and easily beat the hosts. If there was a criticism about the Mechanics' performance, it was that they should have scored more.

MECHANICS DOUBLE IT
24TH FEBRUARY 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 4 SANDIACRE AMATEURS 0
No match report available, except that the game was described as 'brilliant.' This was Ilkeston's first ever win on home territory.

SEWELL A JEWEL
3RD MARCH 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 4 LANGLEY MILL TEMPERANCE 1
William Sewell scored all four goals for Ilkeston in a 12-a-side match which the Mechanics dominated. His second goal, just before half time, illustrated his persistence when he followed up to score after his initial shot had been saved. Ilkeston kicked against the wind in the second half and play was more even until Sewell completed his hat-trick. The Mechanics then dominated although a headed own goal near the end gave Langley Mill some consolation.

KIMBERLEY CONTROVERSY
24TH MARCH 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 5 KIMBERLEY LITERARY INSTITUTE 4
Ilkeston won a thrilling game by coming back from behind when defeat seemed likely. Nevertheless, there was a dispute about the final score which came to light over a week later. Kimberley's assistant secretary, Mr Donnell, claimed that one of Ilkeston's goals had been disallowed at the time following an appeal to the referee by one of the umpires - who represented Kimberley - and that the game had therefore ended in a 4-4 draw. However, the referee, who just happened to the Mechanics' own William Shakspeare, contradicted Donnell's statement by stating that after a brief discussion the Kimberley umpire had been satisfied about the goal's validity. The reported 5-4 result was therefore correct.

SWIFTLY BROUGHT BACK DOWN TO EARTH
27TH MARCH 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 4 NOTTINGHAM SWIFTS 7
After winning their previous four games Ilkeston were finally beaten by Nottingham Swifts in front of a large crowd. That the Mechanics were in with a chance of getting something from the game until the final half hour against such a good team showed how far the team had progressed, but the general feeling was that the visitors had underestimated Ilkeston somewhat before they finally took the game by the scruff of the neck.
The Mechanics, kicking uphill in the first half, had the first opportunity but Phil Straw's shot was saved, whilst at the other end a Swifts shot went wide. The Mechanics took the lead when F. Walker ran forward and found William Sewell who made no mistake. Ilkeston went close to a second during a goalmouth scramble but it wasn't long before it duly came. Samuel Stone's cross found Walker whose shot was saved but Sewell charged the 'keeper and the ball over the line for a legitimate goal. Another scramble almost led to a third, but it was Swifts who scored the next goal to bring themselves back into the game. 'Keeper Joseph Tilson tried to clear and although he managed to save the ball is it came back in, the follow up shot left him beaten. Ilkeston were undaunted, however, and regained a two goal lead through an excellent individual goal by Walker.
Nottingham Swifts' second goal was particularly soft. Ilkeston stopped, thinking that the referee had decreed that the ball had gone out of play, and a Swifts forward fired in a shot which Tilson made no attempt to save. The Mechanics were punished for their sloppiness as the goal was allowed to stand. Matters grew worse for the home team shortly before half time when Tilson failed to make a routine save and the ball squirmed past him for the equaliser.
Yet Ilkeston continued to surprise the visitors after the break and they regained the lead with a magnificent cross shot by Stone. But in the end, Swifts' superior quality and passing ability told and Ilkeston fell away during the latter stages.

MECHANICS' PROBLEMS IRONED OUT
31ST MARCH 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 4 IRONVILLE EXCELSIOR 2
No report available, although it was said that Ilkeston won easily.

NEW GROUND NO JOY
7TH APRIL 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 LONG EATON WANDERERS 2
Playing at their new ground, Barker's Bridge on Awsworth Road, the slightly understrength Mechanics failed to make the most of the chances they created and fell to defeat. Indeed their defeat could have been bigger but for the fine form of 'keeper W. Hall.







1883/84 RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS COMPETITION
6 OCT DERBY MIDLAND 2ND XI L0-3
15 OCT FOREST COLTS D3-3 W.TILSON, SEWELL, PALING
20 OCT Derby St Lukes 2nd XI L0-3
3 NOV Long Eaton Rangers L0-6 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1R
10 NOV IRONVILLE W4-1
24 NOV HEANOR TEMPLARS L0-1
8 DEC DERBY ST LUKES 2ND XI W3-0 PALING 2, W.TILSON
22 DEC LANGLEY MILL RANGERS L0-1
26 DEC ILKESTON CHURCH INSTITUTE W5-2    
29 DEC Heanor Templars L0-3
19 JAN Derby Midland 2nd XI W4-0
26 JAN SAWLEY RANGERS 2ND XI L1-3
23 FEB Ilkeston Church Institute L0-2
22 MAR ILKESTON CHURCH INSTITUTE W1-0 TILFORTH
29 MAR Chesterfield Spital L2-8  

BEATEN FAIR AND SQUARE
6TH OCTOBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 DERBY MIDLAND 2ND XI 3
Ilkeston took to the field minus several key players who had declared themselves unavailable as the match clashed with Nottingham's Goose Fair Saturday. It was also the first match the Mechanics played under the new offside rule. Given the circumstances and the quality of the opposition, it was not surprising that Ilkeston were well beaten, yet overall the Mechanics could have been satisfied with the outcome.

FANTASTIC FRED FLOORS FOREST
15TH OCTOBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 3 FOREST COLTS 3
The Mechanics experimented with playing this game on the Rutland Rec in the hope that its more central location would attract a larger crowd. And those who witnessed this 12-a-side game were treated to a thrilling game which Ilkeston were unlucky not to win. Indeed, they looked set to lose until Fred Paling's majestic equaliser but a defeat would have been unjust. Although Forest were technically superior Ilkeston more than compensated for it with their speed, enthusiasm and endeavour.
Forest's late arrival meant that the game kicked off well after its scheduled start, and they had hardly had time to settle when W. Tilson put Ilkeston in front. Forest responded well and it was no surprise when they equalised on 20 minutes following their first corner. The remainder of the half saw both teams committed to attacking football and it was Forest who took the lead shortly before half time with a bizarre goal. One of their half backs launched the ball forward but what seemed to be an easy save for the otherwise excellent W. Hall to make turned into a moment of horror as he allowed the ball to roll between his legs and into the empty net.
The Mechanics began the second half determined to get back into the game and after several goal attempts William Sewell finally put them back on level terms. Forest quickly regained the lead, however, with a well placed shot just beyond Hall's reach. The goal seemed to knock the life out of Ilkeston for a spell but they eventually recovered and gained the upper hand. Then came Paling's magnificent strike. A corner fell to him some distance from goal and he sweetly volleyed the ball into the roof of the net giving 'keeper Sands no chance. Both teams went looking for a winner but both had to settle for the draw.

INJURY HIT ILKESTON SLIDE TO DEFEAT
20TH OCTOBER 1883
DERBY ST LUKES 2ND XI 3 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
Ilkeston struggled to keep their feet on a heavy pitch which also made ball control difficult. W. Tilson injured his side early on which left him unable to perform at his best and the Mechanics failed to take advantage of kicking down the slope in the first half.
St Lukes showed Ilkeston how it should be done by scoring three times in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. At this point William Sewell badly injured a leg, and with the light quickly deteriorating, it was decided to end the game. Had the game continued for the remaining 25 minutes Ilkeston would have suffered a heavier defeat against a St Lukes team which opened up the Mechanics with its precise passing.

CUP K/O AT FIRST TIME OF ASKING
3RD NOVEMBER 1883
LONG EATON RANGERS 6 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
As widely predicted, the Mechanics were completely outclassed by one of the top teams in Derbyshire in their first ever Derbyshire Senior Cup tie.

MECHANICS BACK TO WINNING WAYS
10TH NOVEMBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 4 IRONVILLE 1
The Mechanics completed their first win of the season, on the Rutland Rec. Kicking against the wind in the first half they found themselves a goal down at the break. Play became very fierce when the second half got underway, but Ilkeston eventually took control and went on to win easily.

TEMPLARS TAME ILKESTON
24TH NOVEMBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 HEANOR TEMPLARS 1
A physical Heanor team defeated understrength Ilkeston in an even contest which led most observers to believe Ilkeston would otherwise have won. Mechanics 'keeper John Shakspeare had little to do and there was precious little he could do about the goal he conceded in the 10th minute, scored as a result of a bad mistake by centre-back William Bailey. The game marked the return to Barkers Bridge for the Mechanics after their brief experiment with the Rec.

NO FLUKE AGAINST LUKES
8TH DECEMBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 3 DERBY ST LUKES 2ND XI 0
Ilkeston produced a magnificent display against the reserve team of one of Derbyshire's leading clubs. St Lukes played with great energy and Mechanics' keeper W. Hall had to make several important saves, but the visitors were no match for the Mechanics in a game played at a terrific pace. Ilkeston went in front on 20 minutes when W. Tilson made a fine run down the right before crossing dangerously, and when the 'keeper was unable to clear the danger Fred Paling beat him with a fine shot. 
Tilson scored a fine individual goal after half-time before Paling sewed things up near the end following a lovely run and cross by William Sewell.

RANGER DANGER
22ND DECEMBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 LANGLEY MILL RANGERS 1
Back in action again after the previous week's fixture against Langley Mill United had been cancelled due to the death of the visitors' captain, Ilkeston were defeated by a late goal. Strong wind made good football difficult and play was fairly even as a result.

MECHANICS WIN BOXING DAY DERBY
26TH DECEMBER 1883
ILKESTON MECHANICS 5 ILKESTON CHURCH INSTITUTE 2
Neither side was at full strength for this hastily arranged game after the scheduled visitors Sneinton Institute pulled out at the last minute. A decent crowd turned out on a misty afternoon to see the Mechanics win comfortably against their local rivals who were keen to steal the Mechanics' crown.

HEANOR HUMBLE THE MECHANICS
29TH DECEMBER 1883
HEANOR TEMPLARS 3 ILKESTON MECHANICS 2
Although there was no doubting that Heanor well deserved their victory, there were claims that the Mechanics' would not have lost had regular 'keeper W. Hall played. Hall was just one of several key players missing from the Ilkeston team. 

MECHANICS MAGIC
19TH JANUARY 1884
DERBY MIDLAND 2ND XI 0 ILKESTON MECHANICS 4
No report available, but it was a remarkable result for Ilkeston, beating a strong team who had won convincingly at Ilkeston earlier in the season.

SAWLEY GLORY
26TH JANUARY 1884
ILKESTON MECHANICS 1 SAWLEY RANGERS 2ND XI 3
Sawley's second half dominance made them deserved winners of a game played at a fast pace. They took a first half lead, and although the Mechanics equalised soon after, Sawley never looked back after regaining the lead after half time.  

CHURCH STIR UP BITTER RIVALRY
23RD FEBRUARY 1884
ILKESTON CHURCH INSTITUTE 2 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
The Mechanics' status as Ilkeston's number one club came under threat as Church Institute served notice of their intent to take over. But their victory was a hollow one as their team contained six players from the Wollaton and Stanton clubs. As a result, the Mechanics could hold the moral high ground. The Rec pitch was unsuitable for such a meaningful game and the strong wind and showers made life doubly difficult for the players. Church Institute played with the wind behind them in the first half and put on plenty of pressure. Butt ended a fine run with a shot saved by Mechanics' keeper W. Hall and he had a goal disallowed for offside before half time.
The Mechanics may have expected to gain the upper hand after the break but it wasn't to be as Church Institute scored twice.

FRED FIRES MECHANICS TO REVENGE VICTORY
22ND MARCH 1884
ILKESTON MECHANICS 1 ILKESTON CHURCH INSTITUTE 0
Barkers Bridge hosted a 'record crowd' of partisan fans who yelled 'Play Up Blacks!' - or 'Blues' if they supported Church Institute - and a very physical game between the fierce rivals ensued. The Mechanics were out to prove a point following their defeat a month earlier, and Wollaton 'keeper Clarke who turned out for Church Institute had to be in top form. Eventually he was beaten by a Freddie Tilforth effort which proved to be the winner. Play then became much more even before Church Institute had appeals for a goal controversially turned down. A scramble in the Mechanics area led to Neal's shot being clawed away by prostrate 'keeper W. Hall, the visitors claiming that the ball had crossed the line, but the referee disagreed.
Both teams went in search of goals in the second half but play was not always constructive, with some over zealous tackling. 

MECHANICS CRASH
29TH MARCH 1884
CHESTERFIELD SPITAL 8 ILKESTON MECHANICS 2
The Mechanics travelled to Chesterfield minus three first team regulars but expected to do well against Spital's second team. Unfortunately, Spital didn't read the script and fielded their first team players and cruised to victory as a result.

1884/85 RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS COMPETITION
13 OCT FOREST COLTS L1-10 TILFORTH
18 OCT Borill Rangers D1-1
1 NOV SAWLEY RANGERS L0-4 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1R
15 NOV BELPER TOWN L2-5
13 DEC Ilkeston Rangers W2-0 ROBINSON, TILFORTH
27 DEC West Hallam W4-3 GREGORY 2, TILFORTH, TOWNSEND
3 JAN BORILL RANGERS W2-1
7 FEB ILKESTON WANDERERS L2-3
21 FEB ILKESTON WANDERERS L1-5
7 MAR Belper Town L0-1
14 MAR ILKESTON RANGERS W2-1
28 MAR COTMANHAY WANDERERS L0-1    

FOREST FLOOR MECHANICS
13TH OCTOBER 1884
ILKESTON MECHANICS 1 FOREST COLTS 10
A less than full strength Ilkeston team was destroyed by Forest Colts in this 12-a-side game. Forest's measured play was in direct contrast to Ilkeston's kick and rush style and it paid dividends. Kicking down the slope in the first half Forest took the lead on 10 minutes and by the break they were five goals to the good. The Mechanics pulled a goal back, scored by Freddie Tilforth, following a corner two minutes into the second half. But Ilkeston's dispirited forwards rarely threatened again as the visitors regained full control to take their tally to double figures.

ILKESTON EARN AWAY DRAW
18TH OCTOBER 1884
BORILL RANGERS 1 ILKESTON MECHANICS 1
No report available. An under strength team represented Ilkeston at Borill's Nottingham ground.

SAWLEY ENSURE NO CUP UPSET
1ST NOVEMBER 1884
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 SAWLEY RANGERS 4 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
As expected Sawley were too strong for Ilkeston but the Mechanics put up a good fight and were not outclassed. A decent crowd at Barkers Bridge saw most Ilkeston players perform to their best, especially 'keeper Hollingworth who made some fine stops and was blameless for the goals and full-back Stanley Felkin who was the best player on the pitch. Sawley, in bright green shirts and playing with the wind behind them in the first half, exerted early pressure and took a 10th minute lead with a Chambers header. Ilkeston then came more into the game although their lack of pace up front meant that the visitors shaded the opening 45 minutes. However, Sawley's extra class showed after the break as they dominated possession. Their third goal was the result of a fine shot by Stenson and they scored three times in total in the second period.

BELPER BLAST FIVE
15TH NOVEMBER 1884
ILKESTON MECHANICS 2 BELPER TOWN 5
The Reds of Belper destroyed the Mechanics in the first half and took the lead after just 3 minutes through Wibberley. Just as Ilkeston threatened to get back into the game Harrison made it two and the third came courtesy of an own goal following a string of corners. Belper added a fourth before the break and they continued to attack early in the second half. Ilkeston gradually began to mount some serious attacks of their and pulled a goal back but any thoughts of a stunning fightback were erased when Loomes scored with a fine header following a cross from the left. Ilkeston scored a consolation goal in the last minute.

LOCAL DERBY ENDS IN CHAOS
13TH DECEMBER 1884
ILKESTON RANGERS 0 ILKESTON MECHANICS 2 (MATCH ABANDONED)
The Mechanics were the better side in this hard fought local derby at Station Road. They led at the break when Robinson scored following a good ball by Freddie Tilforth. As the second half kicked off the Rangers' keeper began fighting with a spectator but as play continued Joseph Tilson went on a great run and supplied Tilforth who scored into the unguarded net. Rangers refused to accept the validity of the goal and the match was duly abandoned. 

TOWNSEND SEALS MECHANICS COMEBACK
27TH DECEMBER 1884
WEST HALLAM 3 ILKESTON MECHANICS 4
A fluctuating game saw both teams in winning positions but it was the Mechanics who clinched it two minutes from time with a B. Townsend goal. Ilkeston took an early lead when Arthur Goddard's cross was headed home by A. Gregory. After an even passage of play the Mechanics doubled their lead when Freddie Tilforth applied the finishing touch but West Hallam were level by half time thanks to two free kicks by Straw. The second half was played at a fast pace and another West Hallam free kick saw them take the lead for the first time. But Ilkeston refused to give up and Gregory equalised before Townsend scored the late winner. West Hallam had a goal ruled out for offside during the game.

BORILL SLIDE TO DEFEAT
3RD JANUARY 1885
ILKESTON MECHANICS 2 BORILL RANGERS 1
No report available although it is known that the Mechanics made the most of a hard, slippery surface.

WANDERERS AIM FOR NUMBER ONE
7TH FEBRUARY 1885
ILKESTON MECHANICS 2 ILKESTON WANDERERS 3
No report available. However, the Mechanics' days as Ilkeston's premier football club were now surely at an end.

HAPPY WANDERERS AN ENGINE MECHANICS CAN'T FIX
21ST FEBRUARY 1885
ILKESTON WANDERERS 5 ILKESTON MECHANICS 1
Wanderers led by two goals at the break despite an even first half at Barkers Bridge, but it was one way traffic in the second half.

BELPER NAIL ILKESTON
7TH MARCH 1885
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON MECHANICS 0
Belper won at Windmill Lane despite the disadvantage of playing a match against Aston earlier in the day. Their winner came when a fine Skidmore corner left Turner with a simple finish. On a positive note the Mechanics defended well against their attack minded opponents.

MECHANICS BACK TO WINNING WAYS
14TH MARCH 1885
ILKESTON MECHANICS 2 ILKESTON RANGERS 1
The Mechanics fell behind early in the second half in this local derby at Barkers Bridge but they came back strongly to win. They had to defend well during the first half when the visitors enjoyed most of the play.

COTMANHAY EDGE THE DERBY
28TH MARCH 1885
ILKESTON MECHANICS 0 COTMANHAY WANDERERS 1
No match report available.